The Cattle Egret

GoBundu issues a weekly Wednesday Birding Blog Post.  Each post will feature a bird that has been sighted by GoBundu on their travels around Southern Mozambique over the last 16 years, together with a link that takes you to the exact google earth location that the specific bird was sighted.  If you are a keen birder keep an eye on GoBundu Facebook page and Blog every Wednesday for specific locations on where you can spot various birdlife.

Cattle Egret

Click here to view the precise sighting location that GoBundu saw a Cattle Egret: 

Gobundu spotted a Cattle Egret at a watery/marshy area between Ponta Mamoli and The Elephant Reserve, on the outskirts of Lake Piti in Southern Mozambique.  This location is around a 20-30 minute drive north of Ponta Mamoli (click on the above google earth link to view the exact sighting spot).  Other birds that where spotted in this area are:

African Jacana
Lesser Jacana
Woolley-Necked Stork
Little Egret
White-Breasted Cormorant

Cattle Egret
Breeding bird has a red bill, and buff plumes on the head, breast and mantle, but is never as dark as Squacco Heron.  The bill is shorter and more robust than in other white herons, and there is a noticeable shaggy bib and throat that give this species a distinct jowl.  The legs are never black, but vary from dark brown to yellowish green, and are red at the start of the breeding season.

Habitat:  Essentially non-aquatic, most often in association with cattle or game.  Highly gregarious.

Status:  Common resident.

Call:  Typical, heron-like ‘aaaark’ or ‘pok-pok’

If you would like to book accommodation in this area and try to spot the Cattle Egret - perhaps even riding on an elephant! check out this link

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